One of the most exciting sports is paintball, which allows you and your teammates to shoot exploding pellets of paint right at enemies. You get to use exciting “weapons”, run through abandoned warehouses or other awesome sets, and watch as your opponents become covered in rainbows of paint. However, as with so many other sports, there are hidden dangers that come with such a thrilling game. A day of paintball can lead to dangerous injuries, severe pain, and even death – keep reading to discover just what could happen if you’re careless when paintballing.
In addition to the injuries and wounds that an afternoon of paintball can leave behind, some games can ultimately become fatal activities for players. According to medical researchers, the use of paintball guns has led to about four deaths each year since the 1980s. In the decade between 1990 to 2000, the majority of the deaths that occurred happened to children younger than 15 – 32 of the 39 total deaths were of young children or tweens. With more than three million non-powder guns like paintball guns sold every year, lining the shelves of department stores, toy stores, and athletic stores, it’s no surprise that so many young lives are lost to such a dangerous sport.
Explosive Projectile Injuries
Many believe that paintball guns are a safe weapon to play with because they are non-powder in nature. Unlike traditional weapons, paintball guns rely on compressed air instead of gunpowder explosions to launch their projectiles in a targeted direction. Although compressed air is far less explosive in nature, it doesn’t keep players safe from harm – in 2000, more than 21,000 paintball devotees ended up in emergency rooms because they were injured by their own non-powder guns. A fourth of those injuries were inflicted upon the head and neck; more than one in ten were eye-related injuries. Paintball guns have been found to be nearly as powerful as traditional gunpowder weapons, with projectile velocities of 350-450 feet per second – gunpowder-based guns themselves have velocities of 750-1,450 feet per second.
Thanks to these incredible projectile forces, paintball fans are often left with painful welts all over their bodies. When the paint pellets are slammed into any area of the body and explode, they leave behind more than paint; they create large red welts on the skin at those impact sites. Whether on the legs, the arms, or even the face, these welts can lead to even more severe injuries, as mentioned above.